When Was the First Ford Ranger Released?

When Was the First Ford Ranger Released?

Ford first introduced the Ranger in 1982 with its early release of the 1983 model. The initial Ranger was available as a two-wheel drive only, but released a four-wheel drive model later that year. Ford drew inspiration for its design from the Ford F-series pickup truck.

The initial model year offered two bed sizes and wheelbases, including both 6- and 7-foot options, with the 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine the only option on the first release. With the four-wheel drive release, Ford offered a 2.8-liter V-6 engine with 115 horsepower, an upgrade from the previous engine's 80 horsepower design. The four-wheel drive Ford Ranger also offered the capacity to haul up to 1,600 lbs.